Prof. Bertold Fridlender, President, Hadassah Academic College, Mr. David Brodet, College Chairman of the Board, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Mr. Sandor Frankel, Trustee, Helmsley Charitable Trust, Mrs. Ruth Frankel
Hadassah Academic College held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, June 17, 2013 for a new building adjacent to its historic campus in downtown Jerusalem.
A gift of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, the new seven-storey Interdisciplinary Science Center will provide much-needed state of the art classroom facilities as well as a central auditorium for College and community-wide events and a public gallery for art, photography, and cultural exhibits.
The ceremony was held in the framework of the College's annual Board of Trustees meeting. In addressing the event participants, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, "The expansion of Hadassah Academic College is a strategically important and deeply meaningful gift to Jerusalem. It strengthens the city by increasing the young population and creates an engine for growth of the sciences, one of Jerusalem's key economic drivers".
The building is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2015-16 academic year.